Mattia Balsiger, 2019, Switzerland

On campus life: Coming from Switzerland where living in university dormitories is far less common, campus life is an especially exciting part of my Fletcher experience. Blakeley Hall, the Fletcher residential building, is a wonderful place to foster new and deeper connections with peers and colleagues. The community can be a great source of support where "Fletcher currency"  (aka baked goods, rides, and coffee) is widely accepted.

Something that has surprised me:  At a place like Fletcher, where so many ambitious and talented people come together, one would think that over-competitiveness and envy were could be a problem among students. However, the reality couldn't be further from that. I have been very pleasantly surprised by the camaraderie and the support that students and faculty display every day. Everyone seems to know exactly what they want to get out of this experience and is eager to learn from others, not to compete with them.

Favorite newspaper
Die Zeit


Favorite movie
No Country for Old Men

Favorite landmark
Sistine Chapel

Most rewarding trip
A study trip to the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in 2015

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher
Global Terrorism; The Future of Transatlantic Relations

Fields of Study

International Security Studies

International Negotiations and Conflict Resolution

Activities at Fletcher

Fletcher Security Review

CVE Working Group

Education before Fletcher

BA, Political Science, University of Zurich

Experience before Fletcher

Counter-Terrorism Intern, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, Rome, Italy

Academic Associate, Mission of Switzerland to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium

Student Editor, Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland